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was shot and killed in his kandahar home today. a killer a bodyguard who taliban officials say they hired to infiltrate karzai's inner circle. this comes as a blow to the government just days after a visit from u.s. defense secretary leon panetta. we're joined by william cohen. thank you for being with us. >> good to be with you. >> let me ask you about this assassination. some have said this will be a huge propaganda victory for the taliban. do youee? >> anytime they can get that close to the inner circle of president karzai it's a big victory for them. it points out the difficulty that president karzai has had in trying to cope with the local politics as such where all frequently invoking tip o'neill's axiom that all politics is local. we're seeing that all politics are local in afghanistan. that's one of the problems that president karzai has. secondly his brother has a reputation of being a power broker. most of our military leaders have said there's not a military solution in afghanistan it's a political one. it makes it that much more difficult. i think it's going to be more challen
accusations. taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination. officials have raised concern that it will lead to new fights who controls afghanistan's southern province. >>> board of supervisors will vote today on a proposal to ask 12 other california bodies if they want to break away from california and form their own state. it calls for creating south california stretching from san diego and orange county into the south to mariposa county and riverside county supervisor jeff stone believes california has become too big to govern. a spokesman for the governor says it's a waste of everybody's time. >> peace and quiet, popular hotel chain unveils the first anti-snoring room. >> and first and last shuttle spacewalk is happening right now. >> and firefighters in one bay area station didn't have to go very far to respond to an overnight crash. what police say led to a crash right outside the firefighters' front door. >>> you're looking live picture from nasa tv. its spacewalk, the final spacewalk of the space shuttle era. two astronauts and nasa tweeted four
by other guards. the taliban says the shooter was working for them. ahmed wali karzai was accused by the u.s. and local afghans of being involved in the drug trade and other illegal activities. president karzai spoke to reporters about two hours after the shooting, saying only that quote, this is the life of the afghan people, this sorrow is in every afghan home. >>> high above earth, a final walk in space. these are live pictures that we are bringing to all of you. two crew members of the international space station, you see it here, venturing out on the last space walk of nasa's space shuttle era. absolutely breathtaking. the two floated over the yucatan peninsula. take a look at these live pictures. their job today is to recover a broken pump and stow it in the cargo bay of shuttle "atlantis" which docked with the space station on sunday. the space walk was scheduled to last about six hours. the "atlantis" mission is the last of the 30-year shuttle program. "atlantis" due to return to earth on july 21st. >>> on the afghan battlefield, it was an act above and beyond the call of duty. arm
in kandahar. word of his death spread, the taliban quickly took responsibility claiming they hired a hitman to carry out the killing, but u.s. officials are not so sure and are working to gather more intelligence. this afternoon, condemning in the strongest possible terms the killing of karzai. with more on these stories we're joined by msnbc's chief foreign corresponde correspondent in kandahar. what new details have you learned about the killing? >> reporter: we've spoken to witnesses in kandahar. we've also spoken to people who were at karzai's -- the person killed today, not president karzai, of course, his half brother, we spoke to people who are at the house, the residence in kandahar when this attack took place at around 11:00 this morning and the version of events as we were told were roughly as follows. there was a meeting of tribal elders under way that involved several dozen people. this is very normal for somebody in ahmed wali karzai's presence. someone who was a distant relative and worked for the karzai family about ten years. a man named sardar mohammed. he entered the meeti
when negotiations with the taliban move forward and it also may have very big repercussions for the u.s. effort in the south. people called president hamid karzai's brother a corrupt gangster. but the cia's former head of counterterrorism says the u.s. may miss him. >> it's quite like live that what follows is going to be something that will not work to our interest. >> reporter: an afghan official says he was gunned down in his own home, shot in the head and chest by his own guard. the taliban took credit, but it's not clear if the shooter was really working for them. >> the united states condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of president karzai's half brother in kandahar. >> a u.s. official said quote, while we must deal with ahm ahmed wali karzai, he's widely understood to be corrupt and narcotics trafficker. the state department and u.s. military were trying to build trust in the afghan government. they frequently criticized ahmed wali, but the cia worked with him. >> i think often parts of the u.s. government were working at cross purposes where ahmed wali was conce
for their ability to move forward with the anti-taliban campaign. they held their nos because this guy was corrupt dealing in the drug trade, although he denied the allegations but it was believed he was fueling the drug trade, as well as profiting from private security contractors as well. it is something that is going to worry the u.s. about the stability of afghanistan and of the region and it will benefit the taliban. >> zain verjee, definitely a story we will continue to keep following and see what impact it does have on politics there. of course, his brother, the president. >>> the man with a huge collection of presidential memorabilia apparently tried to add to it illegally. we will tell you what went down. >>> crew members from the international space station have started their space walk. wait until you see and hear what they are working on. [ barks ] ♪ [ cat meows ] ♪ [ whistles ] ♪ [ cat meows ] ♪ [ ting! ] [ male announcer ] travelers can help you protect the things you care about and save money with multi-policy discounts. are you getting the coverage you need and the discount
is at the >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination of the brother of afghan president hamid karzai. all the sources and countries around the world are not necessarily believing that. he was the younger half brother of the afghan president, he was extremely influential in southern afghanistan, but very controversial too. karzai was rumored to be involved with the opium trade. karzai helped nato forces bring local leaders and the taliban to the negotiating table. he was shot and killed at home today by his bodyguard. the taliban has claimed responsibility for that attack as noted. but there is skepticism about whether or not they really had anything to do with it. >>> president obama met with congressional leaders late this afternoon in another effort to reach a deal on the nation's debt limit. republicans proposed a short term deal, it runs out when the president's term expires. steve handlesman reports. >>> as republicans turned up the heat on him, president obama wand if there's no deal to raise the debt limit, 20 billion in social security benefits, payments to veterans and the l
hamid karzai has been assassinated in his own home by a bodyguard hired by the taliban. president karzai says his brother's death is a pain he shares with all afghans. the taliban statement says karzai was, "punished for all his wrong doing." >>> a mid-air miracle. two small planes flying over an alaskan mountain corridor. they managed to land safely. the cessna hit the tail of a piper navajo. no one was hurt. this is unregulated air space. >>> it's the land space walk of the shuttle era. it's not "atlantis" astronauts conducting it. space station residents are venturing out to remove a broken pump. the 13-day flight by "atlantis" is the last for nasa's 30-year long shuttle program. >>> michelle obama and three former first ladies among those heading to california for betty ford's funeral today. a second funeral will be held on thursday in michigan where she will be buried after a private service at the gerald ford museum. mrs. ford who is the widow of the former president died at age 93. rumors of the death of hugh hefner had been circulating on twitter and facebook. they are not true.
, the u.s. cut of $800 million in aid to pakistan. it turns out the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination of the half brother of the afghan president hamid karzai. ahmad wali karza was considered by many to be the most powerful man in afghanistan. his bodyguards killed the attacker. coming up on abc-seven usenews at noon new details in the privacy scandal affecting the world's biggest media mogul. and, a facelift for a local shelter. volunteers are making major changes. but first our >> fire officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a manhattan synagogue last night. firefighter suffered minor injuries when the roof collapsed. the fire left much of the upper east side blanketed in smoke. the historic synagogue was undergoing renovations, and now the congregation wants to rebuild. >>> today is the last space walk of the shuttle missions. ♪ i love you more than the sun and the stars in the sky. ♪ astronauts are currently working to retrieve a broken ammonia pump. they will end their 13-day mission next week, marking an end to the shuttle program. >>> in bri
, had become a symbol of corruption within the karzai administration. the taliban has claimed responsibility. >>> the justice department has issued new gun shop rules for the four southwestern border states requiring dealers to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles. it's part of an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into mexico. >>> two people were gored this morning, on the sixth day of spain's failous running of the bulls in pamplona. officials say one person suffered a horn injury to the back, while another was hit in the shoulder. >>> and a possible curve ball for the fan who caught derek jeter's 3,000th career hit. and then graciously gave him back the ball. "the new york times" reports that christian lopez may have 0 to pay tax on the value of his reward. four tickets to the yankees game for the rest of the season. an early look at wall street for the rest of the day. the dow opened at 12,505 after falling yesterday. the s&p tumbled 24 points. the nasdaq sank 57. in tokyo the nikkei dropped 143 points, while in hong kong the hang
and -- upskirting is what they call that. >>> the taliban today is claiming responsibility for the assassination of the brother of afghan president hamid karzai. he was the president's younger half brother, extremely influential in southern afghanistan, and sometimes a political liability for his brother. he was rumored to be involved with the illegal opium trade, but he was alice said to be on the cia payroll for a variety of services. he was reportedly shot and killed in his home today by his own bodyguard. the taliban claim of responsibility has not yet been verified. >>> an emotional afternoon at the white house today as president obama awarded the medal of honor to leroy arthur pettry. he lost his hand fighting in afghanistan. now petry becomes the second living veteran of the iraq and afghanistan wars to get the nation's top military honor. he sat down with medication's brian williams. >> i look at all the military and all the fall en fallen hero gave the ultimate sacrifice. i want the public to know, take your time, honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, and also those living.
by the taliban. this reflects assistmatic policy of the taliban and their isi handlers, the intelligence organization is i think behind this as well. and also al-qaeda. this policy is a tool to eliminate real and potential enemies of the islamists they want to reimplant back in cob he will. >> so this is a blow to the u.s. in afghanistan? >> yes, and also the destabilization. it's another example of pakistan interference in this area. the senior of military commander, a marine general, told the minnesota media last week that the pakistanis have still not severed the taliban supply lines coming in from pakistan. >> so many were aware of them and what they were up to when bin laden in was captured and they think wow, did they know about this, were they shielding them. now they are cutting off $800 million s that the right move? >> yes, it is certainly the right move. we should have done is before, ten years late. we should have conditioned the aid and especially the military aid long ago. we should also take other steps. >> like what? >> in 1993 secretary of state baker sent aler to the pa
illegal activity. >> reporter: the security situation here is mixed. the taliban do not operate freely in the city, but have launched occasional spectacular attacks, and frequent targeted assassinations of government officials. in may of this year they attacked the governor's palace and other key locations around the city. the battle lasted two days before security forces took control. we're being told that the killing was a personal dispute, and not an insurgent attack. but the taliban's already claimed responsibility, saying it's one of their biggest successes to date. jeff? >> all right, mandy clark in hand har, afghanistan. mandy, thank you very much. >>> in london this morning, wikileaks founder julian assange appeared in court for a two-day hearing. assange is appealing a british ruling that he should be sent back to sweden to answer questions over two rape charges. assange is also worried sweden might send him to the u.s. to face charges over the release of classified documents. >>> the texas baseball fan who fell to his death at a game last week has now been laid to rest. hundr
in the importance of the target. the taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, describing it as one of their biggest successes ever, but some doubt the insurgeen ents are behind it. sources told cbs news that the motive for the killing may have been a personal dispute. mandy clark, cbs news, kandahar. >> pelley: a city is giving police officers pink slips the same day they graduate from the academy. the commander in chief gives a hero the nation's highest military honor. and, presidents and first ladies come out to say goodbye to betty ford. when "the cbs evening news" continues. finally, there's a choice for my patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused by a heart valve problem. today we have pradaxa to reduce the risk of a stroke caused by a clot. in a clinical trial, pradaxa 150 mg reduced stroke risk 35% more than warfarin. and with pradaxa, there's no need for those regular blood tests. pradaxa is progress. pradaxa can cause serious, sometimes fatal, bleeding. don't take pradaxa if you have abnormal bleeding, and seek immediate m
an eye on in the newsroom. the taliban claiming the responsibility for the assassination of hamid karzai's half brother. he was gunned down at his heavily guarded home in kandahar. russia opening up a criminal negligence investigation into the deadly sinking of a cruise ship. the boat was apparently overloaded at the time of the accident. 88 people now confirmed dead, another 41 still missing. hopes for finding them alive are fading today. and just days after a stun gun was found on a jetblue flight from boston to newark a lufthansa passenger is busted at jfk airport trying to board a plain with two stun guns stashed in his luggage. greg: brand-new developments in the gop race for the white house in 2012. tea party favorite michelle bachman seems to be making substantial gains. take a look at this. in a poll conducted by a republican pollster bachman is the frontrunner in iowa, the state that holds the first caucus leading mitt romney 25-21%. while mitt romney leads in new hampshire take a look at bachman, she is surging into second-place jumping 8 percentage points in one month alone. j
with any proof. >> reporter: taliban operate -- launched occasionally attacks. attack the government palace -- the ballots lasted two days. we are being told that the killing was a personal dispute and not an insurgent attack but a taliban are already claiming responsibility for it saying it's one of their biggest suks ever. mandy clark, cbs news, kandahar, afghanistan. >> mandy clark in canada half, afghanistan, thank you very much. >>> in london this morning, wiki leaks founder julian assange in a hearing. he is appealing he should be sent back to sweden to answer questions about two rape charges. he worried sweden might send him to the u.s. over the release of classified documents. >>> texas baseball fan who fell to his death last week has been laid to rest. hundreds tourned out for the funeral of shannon stone who was a husband, firefighter and at a rangers game last week he reached for a ball and lost his balance and fell. >>> in phoenix, upper right hand corner of your screen here, watch. a guy dangling off a railing. he had been standing at a table during the derby trying to catch a
works in areas outside his control. control of kandahar is key in the fight against the taliban. thousands of extra u.s. troops were brought in the area of the past year to try to pacify it. the u.s. state department doesn't believe those of hamid karzai's assassination will affect the draw down in troops. danger that remains may be a vacuum than murky one in the troubled city. in kabul, david piper, fox news. >> bret: this afternoon president obama awarded medal of honor to army ranger who protected fellow soldiers to a live grenade. the private first class petrie becomes the second living service member to receive medal of honor for heroism in afghanistan. he lost his right hand as the grenade exploded. >>> as we continue to follow the effect of fast and furious, we have update on monday's report that obama administration's plan for new gun restrictions on certain type of weapons. here is correspondent shannon bream. >> reporter: gun dealers in four southern border states reports that semi-automatic weapons to authorities. the department of justice and the white house -- [ ina
killed karzai. the taliban says -- >> we've seen the worst so far. excessive heat warnings and advisories posted in 23 states. the heat in many areas could reach 115 degrees. the heat wave is being blamed for one death in madison county, illinois. in oklahoma it was so hot, that part of a highway buckled. look at that. motorist was hospitalized after his bike hit the buckled pavement. in arkansas several communities have opened cooling centers. good rule of thumb in tis heat whatever you're doing don't overdo it. >> if you're going to go outside in heat like this better be drinking a lot of water before you come out. make sure you have some substance in your stomach or you might be going to the hospital. >> it was hard to stay focused because it was so hot out. >> dehydrated, exhausted, just tired. >> right now nearly 400,000 people in the chicago area are still without power following the worst storm in a decade. utility officials say it could be several days before many of those customers are back on-line. the video we're looking at here, i think you saw an airplane there, i'm not sure,
, talibanism, jihadism. this purity of thought that requires the universe it adapt to what you believe it should be and it can get dangerous. a lot of suicides come out of this stuff. we don't need to make people feel worse. we should make them feel better. thanks so much. michelle goldberg and for reporting this story to us. >>> up next, arnold schwarzenegger is back making cowboy movies. the new kind. the sci-fi kind. up in the side sho. watch "hardball" is what you're doing. only on msnbc. your finances can't manage themselves. but that doesn't mean they won't try. bring all your finances together with the help of the one person who can. a certified financial planner professional. cfp. let's make a plan. >>> back to "hardball" now. the "sideshow." could you worse. on wednesday, actually yesterday, jon daily explains out of control phone scandal involves "news of the world." check it out. >> future prime minister or anybody -- >> prime minister, is that what you're talking about? covering the prime minister. leader of new england. a funny story about him, jon. the former editor of th
this morning. the shooter was also killed. the taliban taking credit for this murder, claiming they hired the man who did it. u.s. officials believe ahmad wali karzai had ties with the drug cartel in the country. >>> wikileaks founder is in court to be extradited back. the court appearance follows a lavish birthday party he threw for himself over the weekend. >>> the great recession devastated minorities in this country, possibly erasing decades of progress made by the middle class. the recession knocked the average net worth of white house soelds from $137,000 to $97,000, a 24% drop. among black families, average net worth fell from $13,000 to just $2,000. that means black families saw their income plunge 83% from the recession. joining me in our sound-off segment is nbc contributor melissa harris perry, professor of political science at tulane as well as college of the nation. i think i haven't seen you in a month of sundays. >> it's been a long time. >> great to have you back. as we look at what these numbers mean, they mean every dollar a white household has, the average black househo
was assassinated today. a bodyguard gunned down him in kandahar. taliban says bodyguard was on their pay roll. karzai was linked to drug trafficking and said to be a cia informant. karzai always denied both of those claims. >>> well, this is a first in space. during the last shuttle mission, it is the first time space station astronauts are walking outside while the visiting shuttle squad stays indoors, because "atlantis" has a small crew. all four shuttle astronauts will be busy with some other stuff. the space walkers hope to retrieve a broken cooling pump and bring it back to earth. >>> well, president obama will award the medal of honor today to sergeant first class leroy arthur petri. he is only the second medal of honor recipient to make it out of afghanistan alive. the army ranger took a bullet through both legs during a firefight. he still managed to fling an enemy grenade away from two other rangers -- from the other rangers. the grenade exploded taking off petri's right hand. >>> well, it is the scandal rocking one of the most powerful media empires in the world and it is getting bi
today. officials say a bodyguard killed him. the taliban is claiming responsibility. the cia reportedly ran a phony vaccination program in pack stop sign to try and get dna from osama bin laden's family. the doctor who ran the program was arrested for cooperating with the u.s. mpbls and live pictures we take you to space. two of two of the astronauts aboard the international space tags are getting to work. they're can you think thing the final space walk of the space shuttle era. the crew did not have time to train, we apologize for those pictures. >>> arnold schwarzenegger will be back on the big screen. he's scheduled to start filming a western movie "the last stand." that's going to start in september. stocks appear to be a little bit on the rebound today after plunging yesterday on some concerns over italy's credit crunch. u.s. companies already sitting on a mountain of cash the pile of money is bigger. let's go to co-anchor of "the call" on cnbc. the focus really is on this big pile of cash. we're expected to seibert numbers for them, too. >> that's right looks like we're going to
grenade away from the soldiers in a raid against the taliban. that, my friends, is a real man. forget matt lauer. we salute him. >> thank you for your service. >> you know what i see about that, for so long they refuse to give the medal of honor to living soldiers. it was done pos posthumously. the fact they've done two of these is terrific. there should be more. it's a good idea to see it around somebody who is alive and can move around and talk about it. more power to them. it's great. bush did this, right? >> the first one. to a living soldier. the other thing this soldier did is he actually gave the honor to all the other soldiers who served with him and serving in iraq. as you said earlier, i been in africa recently. we have soldiers all over the world doing remarkable things. they are not always in combat but they help make the world a better place. >> these guys just make me feel small. >> you are kind of small. >> i am small. that's true. >> we can end "the five" in agreement. >> i am very small. >> that is one of the nicest things that happened today. that is it for us. now "the f
constructed to support an ideology. >> and what we're fighting in the world. this fundamentalism, talibanism, jihadism. this purity of thought that requires the universe to adapt to what you believe it should be and it can get dangerous. a lot of suicides come out of this stuff. we don't need to make people feel worse. we should make them feel better. >> and we already have a problem with that. >> thanks so much. michelle goldberg and for reporting this story to us. >>> up next, arnold schwarzenegger is back making cowboy movies. you know, the new kind. the sci-fi kind. up in "the sideshow." watching "hardball," that's what you're doing, only on msnbc. somewhere in america, a city comes to life. it moves effortlessly, breathes easily. it flows with clean water. it makes its skyline greener and its population healthier. all to become the kind of city people want to live and work in. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest questions. and the over sixty thousand people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers. these wheat thins crunch stix will sa
his control of the area in order to fight the taliban and push ahead with their offensive, so it is a blow to the u.s. by his death. >> all right, the other story happening where you are is rocking the world, this is the news of the world scandal, getting bigger now, some -- >> gosh. >> police are questioned by lawmakers today. >> there are really serious allegations here, ali, against the police for corruption and for accepting payoffs for tips and information. what's happening today is that senior police officers are going to be questioned by members of parliament so what they want to know is why didn't the police uncover all this information of the hacking that was going on at "news of the world"? there were only oh 4,000 cases are so that have now come to light? they want answers to that and want to know whether scotland yard dlib reliberately did not investigate because they wanted to keep good relationships with the media and news international? tough questions for the police. their reputation has been damaged in this. they're arguing saying look there were legal restric
happen in kandahar province, which is the real former stronghold of the taliban. he has a lot of enemies, both among the insurgency and also among the various criminal networks that work in that area. he himself has been accused of drug ties, criminal ties, and even of being on the payroll of the cia. all things that ahmad wali karzai denies. he has a very murky reputation. it's hard to know, even though the taliban claims responsibility, what happened and who is behind it. host: how does the u.s. view him? guest: the u.s. has most recently seen him as an unsolvable problem. he has been a friend to the u.s. for a long time. because he has been someone who has been hard to bring on board with some of the programs to develop the province, to work with the military -- no one says this directly, granted, because he is a relative of hamid karzai. in private talks, u.s. officials would say they do not know exactly how to handle him. at the same time, he was also someone who was exerting a certain amount of control over the area and able to pass by areas that may not have otherwise been passed
to tribal leaders as well as the local taliban to bring them to the negotiating table. but in the end it was the taliban who have claimed responsibility for his death. natalie? >> thanks so much, atia. >>> u.s. relations with pakistan are getting icier as drone attacks are intensifying following this suspension of one-third of u.s. military aide to pakistan. u.s. slammed pakistan's reluctance to fight afghan militants along its border. >>> a government accountability report released today finds the system for detecting medicaid and medicare fraud are inadequate and underused. billion of dollars and claims are paid out each year, according to the report. >>> final spacewalk of the nasa era is conducted today. two space station residents will execute the walk to retrieve a broken pump. meantime, the landing plan for the "atlantis" has changed. it will now touchdown in the predawn houring of july 21st at the kennedy space center. >>> meantime, all eyes are going to be on sergeant scott moore at the marine corps ball this november when he shows up with movie star mila kunis on his arm. he
taliban fighters in northwest pakistan in a 12- hour period overnight. the attacks followed the obama administration's suspension of more than a third of u.s. military aid to pakistan. this is an indication the white house does not intend to stop the unmanned drone program which has been a source of tension with pakistan. in syria, angry mobs attack the american embassy. demonstrators burned the american flag you see them there. they ripped the letters off the embassy building. this follows after the ambassador criticized the political uprising there. and secretary of state, hillary clinton, condemned the industry attack. if anyone including president asad thinks the united states is secretly hoping the regime will emerge from this turmoil to continue this brutality and oppression, they are wrong. >> now. demonstrators loyal to the president and the syrian target also targeted the french embassy. it's believed there are angry about a visit to an opposition city last week. >>> 7:46. vallejo city council meets tonight with local american indian tribes -- indian trains trying to settle a
community is now free from the terror of the taliban, and afghan forces that are taking more responsibility for their security. and he carries with him the memories of americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice to make this progress possible. earlier in the to value office, leroy gave me the extraordinary privilege of showing me the small plaque that is bolted to his prosthetic arm. on it are the names of the fallen rangers from the 75th regiment. they are quite literally part of him. just as they will always be part of america. one of those names is of the ranger who did not come back from the raid that day. specialist christopher gaitherkill. christopher's brother, sister and grandmother are here today. i would ask that they stand briefly so that we can show our gratitude for their family's profound sacrifice. [applause] [applause] >> our heros are all around us. they're the force behind the force. military spouses like ashley who during leroy's many deployments, during missed birthdays and holidays has kept this family, army strong. so we're grateful to you, ashley, and to all the mi
was very hard-nosed, and he wanted to take the fight to the taliban. but the nato forces have been very concerned about, um, his alleged unsavory past including allegations that he was a drug lord. but this assassination really has caused great worry to the karzai government. real nervousness now because we do know that two high-ranking official were assassinated in the north of the country in the last week, and now with the half brother killed as well, it seems that anybody can get, they can get to anybody, and that will cause real worries in this administration and also, perhaps, undermine president karzaiment back to you, heather. heather: all right. david piper, thank you so much. bill: they have full u.s. citizenship and diplomatic immunity, so how some people become super u.s. citizens. we'll explain. heather: and two cars collide. you have a decent chance for survival, but if two planes collide, it's typically a major tragedy. but not in this midair fender bender. we'll tell you all about what happened. bill: it's a remarkable story too. >>> months on the battlefield finally comi
reflects the suffering of all afghan people. the u.s. has condemned the killing. a taliban spokesperson said they hired the gunman and he was punished for all of his wrongdoings. leon panetta with no comments about the military role in the middle east saying the u.s. will have an enduring presence for many years. panetta was making remarks during his first visit to iraq as pentagon chief where he met with nuri al maliki yesterday. just one of several issues he's tackling during his trip. here's chief pentagon correspondent traveling with the defense secretary. >> reporter: the new secretary of defense leon panetta was troubled by the landscape below. u.s. forces said to withdraw by the end of the year are caught up in a war. 15 americans killed in the past month by iraqi extremists armed with rockets and roadside bombs supply by iran. panetta told a gathering of soldiers the killing must end. >> my first responsibility as secretary of defense is to make damned sure we do everything necessary to protect you. >> reporter: panetta pressured iraq's top officials to send iraqi military force
and who you guys believe might have been responsible for it, the taliban claimed responsibility and whether or not you think there's an increase in social security? >> well, i would say, obviously, that this is at a personal level. we are -- our prayers and sympathies are with the karzai family during this difficult time. the united states condemned in the strongest possible terms the murder of president karzai's half brother in kandahar. we obviously -- we don't know who's responsible. there's been some claims. we will certainly work with the afghan authorities on that. but the -- right now i think the moment here is one. it's a personal one. we express our condolences and condemn the murder. chris? >> some questions on "don't ask, don't tell" the 9th circuit issued an order barring the discussion on the law. is the president aware of the decision? >> is he aware of it? >> i'm sure he heard the news. >> the justice department is reviewing the order. i ill point you to further information. the president's decision on "don't ask, don't tell" on the repeal is clear. he fought hard
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